One Brick At a Time

Posted for Bergnek

The project will create a brick-making business in the community of Bergnek providing 10 full-time jobs. The bricks will be sold to building wholesalers to generate income as well as provide the bricks to build the homes desperately needed in the community and to build a small health care facility that will be used by surrounding communities as well as the residents of Bergnek.

Outputs

The project will create a brick-making business in the community of Bergnek providing 10 full-time jobs producing clay bricks (Face brick)

Physical Space

To start we will be using 1-acre and as we grow the business it can expand up to approximately 5 acres of land to accommodate the manufacturing, kilns, storage, and inventory.

Resources

Water, variety of sands, clay, stone and cement.

Source

The labour would come from within the community. The facility can grow to empty around 10 people in the manufacturing side of the business. In a addition there would be administration, sales and delivery staff required.

Who

The bricks will be sold to building wholesalers to generate income as well as provide the bricks to build the homes desperately needed in the community and to build a small health care facility(Separate Project) that will be used by surrounding communities as well as the residents of Bergnek.

Leadership

Piet Nchabeleng will lead the project. We will recruit people from within the community.

Goals

The making of these bricks will provide much needed employment. From the income the business will also produce bricks to build the houses the community needs at a significantly lower cost than what has been proposed by the regional government for the houses to be built. Not only that, but the houses will be built using clay bricks which provide better insulation and weather resistance. The income from the business will also go to support building the space for a permanent clinic in the community.

Community

By bringing together to solve a serious issue in the community and by providing employment for at least 10 people in the community. Customers include the community itself, neighboring communities, builders and wholesalers.

Production

This is a new project, however the idea and need came out of the Iziko Labahlali sessions in the community.

Local Resources

There is a perennial river that runs through the community which has a significant clay deposit in it. In the surrounding areas there are also additional available clay resources.

Distribution

The brick-making business will require a sales team working with local wholesalers and builders to build a customer base.

Challenges

There is competition in the market. Delivery of the products. Quality standards will have to be met and maintained in order to be competitive. The quality is a challenge for our competitors currently and we believe we can overcome this and produce a consistent high quality product.

Sustainability

There are suitable and large raw materials sources available for the project.

Affordability

Yes, and within the community, community members will be able to offset kinds by providing labour to the business. In addition, the transportation costs will not be incurred by the community members because we are local. For outside customers there is a strong demand and good prices that will enable us to produce bricks profitably.

Supply

Initial research indicates we will need to scale the business to be able to produce 1 million bricks per month. That volume would require for production lines. Our view is to start with one production line and add additional lines as we secure orders.

Help

By contributions and support in the planning, technical requirements, quality control, and set up of the business, which all require funding.

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